A Tribe Called Quest Blasts Donald Trump During Grammys Set

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A Tribe Called Quest’s remaining members joined Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes and Consequence on stage at the Grammys on Sunday (Feb. 12) for a politically-charged performance.

Tribe frontman Q-Tip kicked off the set with a speech about power and representation. “To all of those people around the world, all of those people who are pushing people who are in power to represent them, tonight, we represent you. And we also dedicate this to our brother who’s not here, Phife Dawg,” he said.

From there, with Jarobi and Ali Shaheed Muhammad by his side, they performed a rendition of their 1993 classic “Award Tour”. Shortly after, .Paak joined in on the drums, blending “Come Down” off his Malibu project with “Movin Backwards” off Tribe’s 2016 album, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

Soon, Busta emerged with some shots at President Donald Trump. “I’m not feeling the political climate right now,” he told Consequence. “I just want to thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all of the evil that you’ve been perpetuating all through the United States. I want to thank President Agent Orange for an unsuccessful attempt at a Muslim Ban…We come together, we the people!”

With that, all the emcees broke into “We the People…”, off Tribe’s latest album, where people from various ages and races walked from the crowd onto the stage. “All you black folks, you must go,” the group chanted with fists in the air. “All you Mexicans, you must go / And all you poor folks, you must go / Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways / So all you bad folks, you must go.”

Q-Tip ended the set with repeated chants to “resist”.